PILGRIMAGES: A commissioning of pilgrims on sacred journey to walk with God and embody the sacrificial love of Jesus along the way.
A 'Pilgrim' is a person who is en route, in the process of discipleship, and one who takes a sacred journey.
In Coastal, we are following Jesus by Commissioning Pilgrims on a sacred journey to join with God in the recreation of our own hearts, reconciliation with neighbors, and the restoration of justice in Greater Portland and to all of creation.
While we believe in following Jesus on everyday pilgrimage as Psalm 84v5 reminds us yet, we recognize the need for pilgrims to set aside time, space, and other resources for a specific, sacred journey. For some, this might be a more contemplative journey into the wilderness of Maine or the Paria Canyon in order to uncover more of God's sacrificial love through silence and/or community. While for other pilgrims, they are responding to a call of God upon their lives to work for measurable restoration of justice in a specific location such as Guatemala or in our backyard to the city of Portland, where we partner with indigenous leaders and ministries to develop sustainable systems for irradiating injustices of poverty and human trafficking.
We have arranged for both wilderness/contemplative and more justice-oriented pilgrimage trips. Each year our leadership will strive to offer at least one style of each Pilgrimage.
Below are the current Pilgrimage Trips offered by guides in Coastal: + Portlandia: A day field trip into the heart of Portland to see Jesus in pockets of the city and work hand-in-hand with the Root Cellar and Florence House. - To set up a day trip, contact David at 207.885.5821 or email@example.com + Maine Mountains: A 2-3 day adventure in the wilderness areas of our beloved state. + Paria Canyon: A 5 day, 52 mile backpacking trip across the Arizona/Utah desert + Toronto: A 3 day trek into the most culturally diversified city in the world. + Guatemala: A 10 day trip to San Juan, Guatemala (and surrounding districts) to work hand in hand with Impacto Ministries.
...More to come as desire grows...
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So Abram went, as the LORD had told him. (Genesis 12:1-4 NSRV)
So people of faith have periodically interrupted their normal lives with an intentional experience of discomfort, dislocation, and intensity, a kind of reenactment of the original journey of Abraham, by engaging in voluntary pilgrimage.
Like Abraham, they interrupt their participation in Empire by leaving their profit-making enterprises. They interrupt their normal family lives by breaking with the patriarchy of "father and father's house." They interrupt their normal orientations--the familiar sights and sounds of daily life--by seeking the new, unknown places God will show them...whether they're visiting Jerusalem, Mecca, Bethlehem...a retreat center, a youth camp, or a conference, the pilgrimage becomes for them a revival, a new birth, a rite of literal passage.
- Brian McLaren (Finding Our Way Again - The Return of the Ancient Practices)
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